Cranioplasty is the surgical repair of a defect in the skull, often from trauma or prior surgery. While techniques differ, they all generally make an incision in the scalp, retract the scalp, then fix the contour of the scalp using a graft. Grafts can be made from a variety of substances, including titanium and synthetic bone substitutes. The graft is secured in place using screws and plates. Cranioplasty is performed under general anaesthesia
Candidates for cranioplasty have the procedure performed for a variety of reasons, including:
Patients who do not require a cranioplasty for any of the above reasons are not candidates for the procedure.
Before surgery, you should inform your orthopedic surgeon of any medications or supplements you take, and comply with certain general surgery procedures such as preoperative blood testing and possible cessation of smoking or use of pain relievers and anti-inflammatory drugs one week prior. You may need to stop taking blood thinner medication (e.g. Warfarin). You will likely be asked to stop eating or drinking the night before the surgery.
Depending on the exact procedure for a skull defect, an overnight hospital stay of 1-3 days or more may be required. You may have a headache and some pain. For any major pain or discomfort during the initial recovery period, you will have prescribed pain medication. Follow up with your surgeon for any visits and refrain from driving and full participation in work and normal activity until given the go-ahead to do so.
As with any surgery, there are risks of complications related to scarring, infection, blood clots, or adverse reactions to anesthesia. Complications specific to cranioplasty include bleeding in the brain and risk of stroke. If an infection from cranioplasty arises, a revision surgery would be necessary to remove and possibly replace the repair materials. However, incidences of these complications are extremely rare.
$6,500-$15,000 (depending on exact case)
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If you are having surgery outside of the country, your home country insurance is unlikely to cover a edical complication. As a result, we advise that you purchase a complication insurance policy, which is specifically designed to cover individuals who are traveling internationally for medical treatment.
Here are the two companies we have found to provide reliable services:
We have written a comprehensive overview comparing the pros and cons of both companies that you can view here.
It may be wise to purchase travel health insurance when you travel internationally, as your home country insurance may not completely cover medical expenses incurred while abroad.
Here are some options that MedRepublic clients have used in the past:
This is a short-term international travel medical plan for trips of up to 6 months. There are two different plans offered based on whether or not clients already have primary insurance domestically. You can choose from their network of providers across 180 different countries. For more information on what is covered, click here.
This is a short-term international travel medical plan for trips of 5 to 45 days. There are no country restrictions and you have the freedom to choose any doctor or hospital. There is also optional hazardous sports and scuba diving coverage. For more information on what is covered, click here.